Welcome to the Ignatian Volunteer Corps website!
As a reader of America Magazine (or a visitor to their website), you’re likely someone who is familiar with, or even knowledgeable about Ignatian spirituality, and the Jesuit tradition of being ‘contemplatives in action’. At IVC, we can help you find an opportunity to put your skills and experience to work serving people in need in your community. We do this by matching volunteers with local social service agencies that are already doing the work of addressing poverty but need additional skilled help to increase their reach and effectiveness.
In addition to serving our brothers and sisters in need, IVC matches each of our volunteers with a spiritual reflector, so that they can reflect on their service in the context of their faith. This not only allows our volunteers to nurture their faith, it helps them to be more compassionate and resilient in their service work. Each IVC chapter also comes together once a month as a community; to pray, reflect, and share their experiences.
If you’re 50 or better and have a desire to put your skills and experience to work one or two days per week to help address poverty in your community while nurturing your faith in the Jesuit tradition, please contact us. You can start by going to the IVC homepage and looking for your metro area in the list of IVC offices. If there’s an IVC office close to you, click on the link for that office, and you’ll find contact information for our local director.
If you happen to live in a city that’s not close to an existing IVC chapter, and are willing to help us start one in your community, we’d love to hear from you, too. Please use this Contact Us form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Thanks for your interest in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps!
Love consists in sharing
what one has
and what one is
with those one loves.
Love ought to show itself in deeds
more than in words.
– St. Ignatius of Loyola